Here be Dragons – the tea dragon society (Katie O’Neill)

Ahoy there me mateys!  So along with me love of the sea, I also have a fierce love of dragons.  This be graphic novel.  I never read a graphic novel before as I am not a visual person and wasn’t sure if the medium would work for me.  But the cute cover and subject matter kept luring me back to looking at this one.  Then I read this post by milliebot @ milliebotreads.  She does an awesome series where she does, in fact, judge books by their cover and showcases some of the stunning books that she owns.  I was convinced that I had to read it.

And I have to say that the artwork in this book is absolutely fabulous.  I loved the world that the author has created.  Tea dragons are adorable and I kinda want one.  Look at how cute they are:

from the author’s website

The artwork alone was worth reading this for me.  The only downside is that I thought the story that went with it was odd.  There didn’t seem to be an actual through-line.  The tea dragons were adorable but didn’t really do anything.  The main character, Greta, was charming and kind and I liked her.  The themes of friendship and hard work were also lovely.  I was able to understand what was happening in the book as the visuals were clear.  There was just no plot or exploration of character.  It seemed to be more of vignettes with no exploration or answers.  So I treated it like an art book and just enjoyed the visuals in the way that I enjoy perusing art museums.

I am not sure if this is usual for graphic novels or is just a side-effect of this particular one having begun its life as a webcomic.  I don’t mind me books having pictures but I have to say that I prefer me stories to be told in words.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Katie O’Neill – Author

To buy the e-book go to:

the tea dragon society – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

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14 thoughts on “Here be Dragons – the tea dragon society (Katie O’Neill)

  1. I still need to get this because I love the illustrations.
    But nope, not all graphic novels lack plot and character exploration. Many have stories that are as engrossing as novels. However, sometimes they may use the first volume/couple issues to set the stage.
    By the way, I totally recommend you try Robin Hobb’s books if you haven’t already, especially the Liveship Traders books for the pirates and such. Also, I recommend Monstress by Marjorie Liu. It’s a high fantasy comic book. I think you might like it. 🙂

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    1. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. I am not the type to keep art on the walls of me cabin but I do so love this artwork. As for the Liveship Traders, I certainly have read that trilogy. I rather loved the ships and the world but it is dense readin’. I have been hesitant to pick up any other of her books because of that factor despite the new-found hype surrounding them. And the Monstress keeps catching me eye. In fact volume two is up for a Hugo which I saw after reading this comment. So I may have to give it a shot and see what it is like to read a graphic novel with plot. Plus art deco steampunk sounds fun.
      x The Captain

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      1. You’re totally right that Liveship Traders is dense, but the two other trilogies I’ve tried by her (Farseer trilogy and Tawny Man trilogy, which I’m currently reading) are much lighter. The Tawney Man books follow the Liveship Traders ones and it was like a breath of fresh air when I started them.
        Lol, yup def give Monstress a go.

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